It's difficult to go through every day feeling your best. Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed by work duties, parenting, or even the logistics of holiday travel. It happens. But when you're feeling down, there are plenty of great books that will remind you how strong you are.
Whether you like self-help guides, fiction, or memoirs, these reads will help you get your mojo back in no time. By looking at brave women who have overcome homelessness, ventured into the wilderness alone, and succeeded in male-dominated industries, you can learn from their grit and determination to keep on keeping on. If nothing else, these books may offer perspective and insights into your own situation.
So when you need a little pick-me-up, look to books for support. They are endlessly patient and ready for a conversation whenever you are. Whatever struggles you face, from heartbreak to loss to money struggles, you can find someone else who has faced you same issues and come out on top.
If you need practical life advice or just a strong figure you can look up to for the time being, these books have you covered. After all, feeling down and hopeless from time to time is universal, so authors everywhere have addressed those feelings in an effort to help lift you up.
1. 'Rising Strong' by Brené Brown
2. 'Breaking Night' by Liz Murray
3. 'Carry On, Warrior' by Glennon Doyle Melton
4. 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed
5. 'Lab Girl' by Hope Jahren
6. 'Rise of the Rocket Girls' by Nathalia Holt
7. 'Grit' by Angela Duckworth
If you need some inspiration to reach your goals, then Angela Duckworth's Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance can help you get there. Duckworth looks at the ways determination and persistence can drive people to succeed, and how hard work and perseverance may be more important than innate genius. It's an excellent lesson in the art of not giving up.
8. 'The Flamethrowers' by Rachel Kushner
9. 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' by Libba Bray
In 1895, Gemma is sent from India to an English boarding school, where she has to cope with family tragedy, her new surroundings, and a potentially supernatural destiny all at once. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray shows how Gemma responds to her impossible circumstances in this engaging read.